Re: Double edge blade?
Dear Honor Bound,
A double edged knife brings two important dynamics into play. First, the blade will cut no matter how it is presented into the target up, down, left, right or straight in, depending how the edges are indexed to your strike. Second, no matter how you have grabbed your knife you can present an edge towards a target. Combat is combat and Murphy's law is always a factor. If you have grabbed your knife in a pressing moment and have done so "incorrectly" you will still have an edge to strike with. Conversely, with a single edged blade, if you you pick it up "upside down" then the edge side would be up and you would need to adjust your strike. The downside is that you are not familiar with two edges rather than one.
In my opinion, I am comfortable with single edged blades and always have been. Some people have developed fighting styles for double edged knives but all in all, The Marine Corps Ka-Bar has done a pretty good job with just one edge. Just my opinion.
Ernest R. Emerson